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The hole they dug was not deep. A white flour bag encased the little body. Three small faces watched from the window, eyes black with terror.

The child in the middle spoke without turning his head. "I wonder which one of us will be next?"

When a woman's body is discovered in a cathedral and hours later a young man is found hanging from a tree outside his home, Detective Lottie Parker is called in to lead the investigation. Both bodies have the same distinctive tattoo clumsily inscribed on their legs. It's clear the pair are connected, but how?

The trail leads Lottie to St Angela's, a former children's home, with a dark connection to her own family history. Suddenly the case just got personal.

As Lottie begins to link the current victims to unsolved murders decades old, two teenage boys go missing. She must close in on the killer before they strike again, but in doing so is she putting her own children in terrifying danger?

Lottie is about to come face to face with a twisted soul who has a very warped idea of justice.

©2017 Patricia Gibney (P)2017 Bookouture

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It's hard to believe that this was published.

With no evidence of policing skills and less evidence of strategic thinking, DI Lottie Parker takes us on a tedious journey of her incompetence. Where was the editor? Or a writer for that matter! Clunky imagery and superficially drawn characters. I didn't find it gripping: it was soporific. Why don't people in Audible listen to the books they promote as exciting.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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Slow

This story seemed unnecessarily long and was quite slow. I listened to the entire story but it wasn’t worth it.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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Loved it

Well set story. Thrilling.
Found the narration sometimes difficult between characters voices as they weren't consistent. But generally fabulously read.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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Pretty slow and average

Described as jaw dropping etc.
It really isn't.
Actually a very slow book, until the very end and then it gets super rushed.
I was excited to read this series but I probably won't read the next one... unfortunately.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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Overall OK

Found this volume to be a mixture of engaging and entertaining sections but also some rather slow and drab sections as well. A good storyline delivered via competent story telling.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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The Missing Ones

i enjoyed every minute of this book, story line kept me thinking and guessing from beginning to end

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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Great narrator

loved this book. it kept me gripped from start to finish with a quirky twist at the end.

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  • Samholt
  • Atwell Perth, Western Australia, Australia
  • 18-05-2018

Confusing

I found this hard to follow. The characters seemed to jump around.
I’m still going to try the 2nd book in the series and hope its better

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Great Storyline kept me listening

Storyline kept you wondering and well narrated but be warned it is very descriptive regarding child abuse and death, shocked me a bit at times and made me very uncomfortable.

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poor narration. could not finish

surprised this is a best seller. maybe the story is good. i dont know. Could not stand the narration. A man screaming "help" sounds like a woman and very little distinction in voices. no emotions either. I forced myself and thought life is too short to listen to this narrator

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  • Lia
  • 03-03-2018

Too Long and Too Dark

I gave three stars for two reasons. First, this book started off at a good pace, I was interested in the main character and there were enough events to keep my interest but that quickly declined. The investigation dragged and dragged....I kept checking the percentage I was at and feeling frustrated because I just wanted to be finished and felt the book could have been wrapped up much more quickly. By the end I was just annoyed. The second reason is because I was really disappointed by the ending. There is a character whom I feel has an unnecessary death that really didn't contribute to the story-line. Also, many of the characters were very flat because the author provided minimal information about them.

Michele Moran was good with the delivery of the story

12 of 12 people found this review helpful

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  • A. Palla
  • 09-11-2017

Lots of layers

This is a detective story with church-sponsored child abuse, murder, bribery, abuse of municipal office, extortion and blackmail with some working mother's guilt and distress sprinkled in. It kept my attention and I found myself thinking about the story too often to rate it any lower. And I highly recommend Ms. Moran's narration. Her voice is lovely and her accent and cadence do justice to the history and suffering of the Irish.

9 of 9 people found this review helpful

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  • Cassandra
  • 22-05-2017

Tangled, strange murder mystery a disappointment

Irish church and state history of corruption erupts in vengeance and violence- to what end?

I am left scratching my head after finishing "The Missing Ones," perhaps more so than after any mystery/suspense novel in recent memory- and not in a positive way.

The mystery or mysteries(?) exist, that is true. In retrospect I can untangle a few different strands of mystery-type plot that either run throughout the whole book or start somewhere and maybe end somewhere, some resolved to some satisfaction or sense, some not at all. I felt that some of the many tangential plots going on were not helpfully contributing to what I think was the author's intended main idea. Some of them were not interesting. Some were just strange.

For example, DI Lottie Parker herself is the root of many odd side-plots and anachronisms that I could barely stand. I found this character extremely unlikeable. Often, a main character who is prickly of personality has other redeeming qualities, such as, loyalty to her team, or brilliant detective skills, or extreme dedication in search of the truth. Here, I saw an attempt at a cliched "flawed personality" taken to an unpleasant extreme, if that makes sense. She is unlikeable. No sense of humor (only her loyal sidekick Boyd thinks she is endearing when she swears at him and puts him down constantly, and I mean constantly, and uses him as a drunk-dial when she's black-out drunk, which he falls for every time). To me, no underlying heart of gold. She acts unkindly to pretty much everyone. She is disrespectful to her investigative team. There is no sense of morale. The author deftly describes the cold weather at every turn. We can imagine the cold, gray expanse. We can also imagine a cold, gray incident room. For example, when one of her DCs tries to actually do his job and draws a diagram to try and connect different victims, she publicly insults him, meanwhile sitting at her desk bemoaning it's messiness and making fun of Boyd for being so neat and orderly.

DI Parker "solves" the main mystery, kind of, through the use of archival records which she accesses only through the kindness of a rogue priest who risks excommunication for her. Then she gets lucky when other people sort of show up out of the woodwork and tell her stuff. She doesn't do much, truly. She sends out her people, then yells at them for doing a bad job, but I'm serious- she doesn't really do a lot of detective work unless it falls in her lap, and even then she has trouble connecting the dots when the reader has figured it out 250 pages ago.

Overall, I finished the book because I wanted to see a resolution. The last 1/4 finally got good. The first 3/4 dragged with little progress. DI Parker was not pleasant or interesting enough to make up for the lack of action happening. The other characters were mediocre. The boss cop was a bad caricature of a cranky boss again taken to painful extremes. The crimes were strangely evil without ever really being explained or their reasons examined. The snapshots back to 40 years ago could have been so much more interesting, but they were just blips. I didn't get it.

I won't even discuss her family life. It was just as annoying if not more so than her sad performance as a detective and leader.

I am disappointed with The Missing Ones and disheartened that this first in a potentially great new series is a let-down. I will, however, give the next one a try, because I don't give up easily. I hope that the author gives Lottie Parker some redeeming qualities in the next book, and also tightens up the plot for a more suspenseful and interesting mystery.

33 of 38 people found this review helpful

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  • Brenda Harris
  • 15-08-2017

Thriller with a twist!

A good story with unlikly villians and sad victums. Enjoyed the reader and the tale.

9 of 10 people found this review helpful

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  • green ice cream garden
  • 11-05-2017

Hard to put down

Great cast of complex characters and character development. Even though I'm not into church scandals, fact or fiction, this story gripped me from the first few lines and had me nail biting at the end. The one thing that I don't normally like but was present in this story is that everything - everything - revolves around or is connected to the main character. This however will still rate as one of the most enjoyable reads this year. Can't wait for more.

4 of 4 people found this review helpful

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  • Kitty Lagorio
  • 02-05-2017

Gibney's research lacking

What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

I stopped listening when I got to the place where Lottie (the main character) the detective doesn't call the police when she's attacked. It makes no sense. The attacker could've dropped something to provide a clue. She was attacked. Her children were threatened and she doesn't call for help? The story stopped making sense for me.

How did the narrator detract from the book?

Oh, the narrator was quite good.

What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

Disappointment. The story started out and I was invested. But when I hit that moment that had me leave the story to say, "What the heck? Why didn't she call for help?" I had no desire to forgive and go back to the story.

Any additional comments?

10 of 13 people found this review helpful

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  • Rob
  • 22-07-2017

okay story

We will not listen to it again but it was an intriguing story. The narrator was good.

6 of 8 people found this review helpful

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  • Sharon
  • 04-03-2018

Worth the Read

Not the best book I have read and did not keep me on the edges of my seat but definitely worth the the read on a lazy weekend. The story is steady and interesting, the characters are varied and well developed with a strong ending.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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  • Kirsten S.
  • 19-12-2017

Painful

This was painful to listen to. The only thing Detective Parker does worse than "detecting" is parenting! There are many amazing strong detective characters - Lottie Parker isn't one of them! She stumbles cluelessly through a VERY obvious storyline. Painful to endure. Sadly. I had high hopes for this series.

3 of 4 people found this review helpful

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  • ShopTillUDrop
  • 11-04-2017

Loved it!

I loved loved loved it! I love that the narrator was Irish made the story being in Ireland that much better. The story was great sad but still good.

8 of 12 people found this review helpful